Thursday, September 2, 2010

Aunt Nancy


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Aunt Nancy.

Not my Aunt Nancy.

But, somebody's Aunt Nancy...

...at least that is the name written on the back of each of these photos.

Aunt Nancy at 11 years old, 13 years, 18 years and well...as an adult
(they're not telling).

I found Nancy's pictures in a tattered and torn old photo album retrieved from the free box at the thrift store. Most of the pages were missing as was the cover.
These little portraits were tucked in the back.

I wonder about Nancy and about her life.

This is the closest I could come to some information about Aunt Nancy.

Cousin Nancy by T. S. Eliot
MISS NANCY ELLICOTT
Strode across the hills and broke them,
Rode across the hills and broke them—
The barren New England hills—
Riding to hounds
Over the cow-pasture.

Miss Nancy Ellicott smoked
And danced all the modern dances;
And her aunts were not quite sure how they felt about it,
But they knew that it was modern.


Upon the glazen shelves kept watch
Matthew and Waldo, guardians of the faith,
The army of unalterable law.


OK then,

In other news...

Friday I will be sharing over at Kim Klassen's The Inspiration Studio.
There is always something going on...
...something new to get excited about over there!


I hope you have fun plans for the Labor Day weekend!

Take care,
Laura :)


21 comments:

trash talk said...

All that rompin' and stompin' must be why Aunt Nancy didn't age all that well!
It's sad that the photos weren't wanted by a family member, but I know you'll give them a good home.
Debbie
P.S. Have a wonderful long weekend.

Angela said...

What a hoot!! I think Nancy should have stayed out of the dance halls!

* French at Heart * said...

~*~What a cool find Laura!!Thanks for sharing her with us..so neat to see how she aged!~*~*

clustres said...

The pictures tell the story, don't they! Thanks for posting these!

TheBlakkDuchess said...

I think that second picture is of a different girl entirely... Look at the lips & noses of the other three pictures. They're much fuller that those of the girl in the second picture... Ooooo... Perhaps a mystery? =D

Tracy Suzanne said...

That's a great way to get inspiration for a fiction novel. Maybe something in your future Laura?

Have a great weekend. Hugs...Tracy :)

brudeblogg said...

What stories old pictures tell in our minds!
I had a aunt Nansy who died last year.
She was not very unlike this aunt Nancy :)

la Brocanteuse said...

Hello Laura, I enjoyed this post..I also stop to wonder about old photographs...forgotten images of someone who once made a mark-in whatever way...have a lovely weekend hugs Colette x

Marilyn said...

I love old photos. I amways wonder about their lives way-back-when.
Have a Great TGIF!
Love,
Marilyn

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Jacqueline said...

Dear Laura,
I love these photos of Nancy. It's lovely to think that she had them taken every so many years but, sad to think that they end up in the free box at the thrift store....although, wonderful to know that it was you who found them and will give them a loving home. If only she could know that she is on the World Wide Web !! I wonder what she would think of that ?
I hope that you are avoiding the hurricane, Laura.
Have a lovely holiday weekend. XXXX

Very Merry said...

Makes me want to get out all my photos and write on the back right now! So important to go through photos with our elder family members and get notes on them. I have many photos of my mom's friends with just first names on them. If you search for "orphan photos" on the web there are a few sites that try to reconnect lost photos with their family. What a beautiful girl she was!

AshTreeCottage said...

I am so glad that you salvaged Nancy's photos from the free bin. Obviously Nancy's life had meaning to someone and now via blogland we have all met her and can be curious about the type of life she lead.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

Thanks for this post; right up my street...

Theresa said...

Isn't it strange how people just discard their relative's pictures? I was in an antique store this morning and found a GORGEOUS wedding photo. I didn't buy it but was looking at it wondering WHY it was there and how many family members passed it by!

Have a blessed day!

Blue Muse said...

Awww, I love Aunt Nancy! What a cool find and how neat to see her grow up. A secret window into her world. A mystery. There's no mystery to cousin Nancy though -- Dance, Nancy, dance!

Happy weekend, Laura!
xo Isa

Jamie said...

How fun, finding a little piece of someone's history tucked up in a box. So glad someone is thinking of her now.

The Primitique said...

What a wonderful collection. I have an Aunt Nancy. She aged better than this one. ha! Happy Weekend! ~Mindy

Ann said...

Love that you rescued Aunt Nancy. I try to do the same when I come across these gems. Now you know why I blog about my mother in law's old family photos and keepsakes.

Jackie said...

great post! thanks,
jackie
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